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IN THEIR BOOK Student Affairs Leadership: Defining
the Role Through an Ecological Framework, Linda Kuk
and James H. Banning (2016) suggested that, due to
organizational challenges, leadership in student affairs is
multidimensional, complex, and transactional and that
the application of an ecological framework to inform
leadership is a best practice to adopt in any student affairs
organization. Exploring the environmental challenges of
organizations as its focus, the book is divided into three
parts that analyze student affairs leadership practices
using an ecological perspective to promote a critical and
multi-layered lens on how environments impact leadership
behaviors. The first part (Chapters 1-3) discusses leadership
theory and how an ecological framework can operate as an
intentional leadership model in student affairs. In addition,
the first part provides an overview of the authors' research
and the use of an ecological framework to understand the
future of student affairs leadership. Part 2 (Chapters 4-10)
introduces the six environmental influences of leadership
and explains how senior student affairs officers (SSAOs)
navigate each setting. Finally, in Part 3 (Chapters 11-12) the
authors contemplate the future of student affairs leadership.
As such, this book is designed for student affairs leaders
who desire to clarify the impact of environmental factors on
leadership practice and behavior.

Exploring the
environmental
challenges of
organizations as
its focus, the book
is divided into
three parts that
analyze student
affairs leadership
practices using
an ecological
perspective to
promote a critical
and multi-layered
lens on how

Chapter 1 acknowledges that "leadership has been heavily researched, but little is known about how leaders actually engage in
daily interaction within the context of varied environmental factors"
(Kuk & Banning, 2016, p. 3). Accordingly, this chapter establishes a rationale for the use of an ecological perspective to examine
leadership in student affairs and to understand how organizational
environmental factors impact leadership behavior. Chapter 2 then
introduces the application of an ecological patterning conceptual
framework to analyze leadership behavior in student affairs. Ecological patterning is a conceptual framework that describes how

environments
impact leadership
behaviors.

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